Mrs Burney's Bee Club Duke of Edinburgh Gold Residential

5th to 9th August 2024 at Fryland’s Wood Scout Outdoor Centre, Featherbed Lane, Croydon, CR0 9AA. For candidates aged 16 to 24.

As a Duke of Edinburgh approved activity provider we are able to provide a complete residential experience. You will learn about honey bees and how to care for them as well as the importance of other bees and pollinators. 

The honey bee is a fascinating insect and the craft of beekeeping is an ancient one. During your residential stay with us you will learn about the honey bee’s anatomy, lifecycle, and social interaction. You will gain an understanding of how the honey bee colony reproduces by swarming and the difference between the queen, worker and drone bees. You will have the chance to look inside a hive and learn some beekeeping techniques.

You will be learning about the magic of honey and how bees are able to convert nectar so it can be stored for years. You will extract some honey from it’s frame, some of which you can take home to share with your family. 

As part of the learning about other pollinators we will be taking part in a pollinator survey in the beautiful countryside of Crockham Hill. 

On completion of the course, we will act as your assessor and submit a report to your eDofE page. 

Maximum group size is six, providing a close knit team. Your expectations and aims will be taken into account so that the learning is tailored to your needs.

Accommodation will be woodland camping in the natural beauty of the 60 acre Fryland’s Wood Scout Outdoor Centre. You will also have the chance to partake in some of the activities provided at Fryland’s including axe throwing. 

Meals will be provided and all dietary requirements can be catered for. Evening meals will be cooked on the barbeque or the Fryland’s Wood pizza oven.

All Beekeeping and cooking equipment will be provided. Candidates are required to bring their own tent and sleeping bag. Collection and drop off from East Croydon Railway Station.

Cost per candidate is £820 with a £200 deposit payable on booking. Balance to be paid by 10th June 2024.

Please read our terms and conditions here before filling the online application form here 

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